LORRY drivers should be fined for driving through Flockton, say residents.
It is one of several suggestions put forward by Flockton people who responded to a survey by Kirklees councillor Adrian Murphy.
The creation of a road toll was also suggested, along with the long-proposed bypass.
A survey shows that just 2% of residents were against a relief road.
The rest said it would take the pressure off the village’s small roads and country lanes.
Clr Murphy, a Kirkburton ward councillor, hopes a £35,000 feasibility study will support plans for a bypass.
He said: “I was delighted with the responses and comments as to possible funding for the project.
“There were many suggestions, such as setting up a toll road through the village and fining all lorries for passing through the village.
“All the questionnaires returned have now been passed to Kirklees Highways Department, who will note all the comments and suggestions.
“The way forward now is for the feasibility study from highways consultants.
“I am happy to report I have managed to secure the funding for this study, which will be undertaken in due course.
“This isn’t going to happen overnight and there remains much work to be done with both Kirklees and Wakefield councils.”
The Examiner reported this year that plans were still on track for a relief road that would take cars away from the village.
Flockton, between Huddersfield and Wakefield, has long been used as a ‘rat run’ for lorries travelling to and from the M1.
The village’s narrow main street, Barnsley Road, is choked with lorries and cars travelling between Huddersfield and the motorway.
Clr Murphy added: “When it is appropriate I will arrange a public meeting to look at initial plans and get further views from residents.
“One thing that is abundantly clear following the survey is that Flockton needs this relief road for the safety and future of its residents. I will continue to work towards that aim.”
Villagers have been asking for a relief road for more than 50 years, but the plans have always been scrapped before the planning stage.
Over the years the idea has been raised several times, but because of a lack of money it has never got the go-ahead.